Russian writers

Russian writers

Russian writers
Forum Young Writers of Russia28th Moscow International Book Fair. Day threeWhen sociologists asked the Russians to name the greatest writers of Russia, they called the classics. According to the study, during which the Levada Center interviewed 1,600 respondents, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Pushkin are quite predictable. This is, in general, normal. British respondents at times show similar conservatism. If you read the list of names, you will find that, as expected, almost all authors are men, and in the top ten there is not a single living writer. Is this really the best that is in Russian literature? Maybe Russian writers – as well as modern Russian writers – simply do not make sense to read? No, this is definitely not the case. In Russia there are many original and interesting female authors – such as Lyudmila Ulitskaya, who was on the list of the last but one place, and Marina Stepnova. However, according to Lisa Hayden, a specialist in post-Soviet Russian literature, Lizok’s Bookshelf, a leading blog, the question was probably influenced by the wording of the question. Respondents were asked to name “outstanding” writers. Of course, with this approach, people would rather remember Tolstoy and Chekhov than Mikhail Shishkin, Vladimir Sorokin or Oleg Pavlov.International Book Fair Opens in Buenos AiresMeanwhile, many modern Russian writers write wonderful books. For example, one of the few living authors on the list was Boris Akunin, who became famous for popular thrillers – in particular, a series of elegant detectives from the time of tsarist Russia about the elegant and restrained Erast Fandorin, a diplomat who became a detective. The first novel from this series, Azazel, which takes place in Moscow, London and St. Petersburg, was released in English in 2003 under the title The Winter Queen.

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